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Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp

Our rating

8/10

Price guide

Price rating 4

Highlights

- Excellent Ngorongoro Crater location
- Maasai village visits
- Guided walks
- Family friendly

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Overview

Lemala Ngorongoro is a high-quality tented camp on the rim of the stunning Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. The crater is one of the most impressive geological features in Africa with a great variety of landscapes and wildlife. Although its location on the northern side of the crater is the best in the area for weather, warm clothing is a must since adverse conditions are not uncommon at these altitudes.

The well-appointed main canvas mess tent houses separate lounge and dining areas and a central bar. Internet access and battery charging facilities are available in the communal areas and there is 24-hour solar-powered electricity.

The accommodation comprises 9 spacious and cosy tents in twin or double formation with winter weight duvets, hot water bottles and gas heaters. All tents have en-suite bathrooms with free-standing wash basin, flush toilet and large safari shower with luxurious, fluffy towels and bathrobes. Attentive staff provide hot water promptly on request and there is a laundry service.

Activities are centred on drives down into the Ngorongoro Crater. The camp’s location just below the main park gate makes for quick and easy access to the crater floor, giving guests the best chance of being first to arrive in the morning, a critical advantage when trying to avoid the potentially heavy traffic. Lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, elephant, hippo and rhino are found year-round and birdlife is breath-taking. Note that animals are highly accustomed to vehicles which makes for good, if somewhat relaxed, sightings. Guided walks with park rangers are available (pre-booking essential), along with visits to a number of local Maasai villages.

Children over the age of 6 are welcome, with child rates applying to those aged 6-16. As with all camps in the Lemala portfolio, fun and educational activities are offered to keep children entertained and inform them about local conservation, culture, and wildlife. They might join the chefs in the kitchen, go on guided walks around camp or toast marshmallows on the camp fire. Note that the camp is unfenced and although there is no extreme risk, children must remain under parental supervision at all times.

Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp is known for its friendly staff and good camp spirit. While the location's popularity means that lots of vehicles tend to congregate, it is still possible to avoid the crowds and ultimately nothing can detract from the spectacular beauty of the Ngorongoro Crater and the enjoyment of a stay in this smart and comfortable camp.

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What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

Average Rating

based on 495 reviews

(4.96/5)

  • The trip was amazing everything was better than we could have imagined.
    There was a moment climbing the mount Kenya where my wife accused me of tricking her into doing this (half kidding) as some of the nights got pretty cold, but we were dressed well and the sunrise at the peak was astonishing.
    Safari was spectacular, Ben who was our main guide and driver was awesome! We saw everything excepts rhinos which were more of a hope than a reality. We also were able to watch a rock python eat a Thompson gazel live. It was one of the most interesting and unsettling things I have ever seen.
    Just overall, so many moments that make you think wow or I can't believe I am here. Thank you for your help in getting everything set up. I don't believe I could have booked the trip without your help and guidance. It was an amazing way to start our marriage and truly the trip of a lifetime!

    MissingWilliam Kearns reviewing 11 Day Mount Kenya Trek and Masai Mara Safari Combined on 29 October 2018

  • The Namibia trip was fantastic!

    Self-driving was brilliant, and the chronology of the itinerary was perfect (against the flow/direction most other travelers took).

    As for specifics:

    OKONJIMA
    This place was the best!
    Best service, best staff, best food, best experiences, best facilities.
    We saw a cheetah kill, leopards, and white rhino (which we were not expecting).
    If you’ve never been you should go...If I ever go back to Namibia I will revisit.

    EMANYA
    The only (slight) disappointment.
    Maybe because it was right after Okonjima, but the service was lacking, the facilities were a bit run down, it was the only place with mosquitoes in the room with no net and no spray. Food was marginal. Not sure if there are better options in the area, though.

    OKAUKEUJO
    Etosha Park was amazing. There was so much wildlife with so little crowds.
    The Okaukeujo Camp had the best watering hole with animals coming in at all times of the night. A great experience exclusive to the camp.

    DORO NAWAS
    Beautiful place. Very private. Food and service excellent.
    A nice stopping point on the drive.

    SPITZKOPPE
    An amazing place...How they laid out and built it.
    Enjoyed exploring the grounds and the local area/sights.
    The staff was on par with Okonjima.
    2 days were perfect.

    Ivin provided us with good advice/information/recommendations along the route, along with a cell phone and cooler for the trip. The car was perfect.
    They represent Tourdust well!

    Again, another great trip you put together...Thank you!

    MissingEarl Wong reviewing Northern Namibia Highlights - Self Drive on 17 October 2018

  • We both suffered but enjoyed it immensely. Just how it should be!!!!
    Our route up the mountain, the Burguret trail is very arduous and certainly should not be used for people who are not very fit and experienced trekkers. It mainly followers animal trails through the forests and bog lands around the mountain. The Chogoria route down was great. The guide and porters were great. Wild camping means just that, really just what I wanted, but I have lived in Kenya.

    MissingJonathan Bailey reviewing Mount Kenya: Burguret Chogoria Traverse on 24 September 2018

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